Hannibal softball team showing signs of improvement in recent games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity softball team is still seeking its first win of the season.

After eight games, Hannibal has seen its fair share of lop-sided losses. In some of their recent games, however, the Lady Warriors have shown signs of improvement.

Phoenix needed a couple of late runs to come away with a win over Hannibal while Skaneateles prevailed after holding off The Lady Warriors.

Westhill scored 13 runs during the fourth and fifth innings of its April 9 game against Hannibal to pull away for the win.

After a scoreless first inning, Westhill jumped out to a 5-0 lead over the Lady Warriors during the bottom of the second inning. Even though Hannibal got onto the scoreboard during the fourth and fifth innings, Westhill put the game out of reach. Westhill outscored The Lady Warriors 13-3 during the fourth and fifth innings to cap off an 18-3 win.

Hannibal was led by Hailey Dunsmoor and Tiffany Cook. They each had four hits against Westhill.

Adrienne Shortslef, Kaylee Esposito, Samantha Familio and Malana Scott each added a hit.

After a 10-0 loss to Jordan-Elbridge April 15, Hannibal took on Cazenovia April 17. During the first three innings of the game, Cazenovia scored 22 runs. After each team scored a run during the fourth inning, Cazenovia led 23-1. They added another run during the top of the sixth inning come away with a 24-1 win over Hannibal.

Leading the way for Hannibal were Alexis Stephens, who had two hits and an RBI, and Esposito, who had two hits. Ashley Thompson chipped in a hit for Hannibal.

In a losing effort, Adrienne Shortslef pitched a complete game for the Lady Warriors.

Hannibal began showing signs of life when it took on Phoenix April 22.

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